Emily Peat

Engineering student expands her organic food business into Kitchener-Waterloo

Guest blog by Emily Peat

My name is Emily Peat and I’m in 4A Civil Engineering here at the University of Waterloo. I started a small organic food delivery business, EcoPlace Organics, in 2012 through the Enterprise Co-op program. Recently I announced an exciting new step for my business; we merged with Eat Green Organics, London’s largest and oldest organic delivery company, which allows EcoPlace to expand into Kitchener-Waterloo.

I decided to merge with Eat Green because we have the same vision for our food system. We both value local, organic sustainable food and want to see small-scale organic farms thrive, because they are doing a good thing for all of us. By working together, we have one less truck driving out to each farm every week. And we have one less truck on the road doing deliveries. So we're reducing our carbon footprint!  We work directly with our suppliers and now we can share those connections with each other, and order almost twice as much from them. 

The EcoPlace subscription was a product I created with a personal touch; it’s a weekly delivery of the best hand-selected seasonal veggies from small-scale local farms. Thanks to the partnership, those deliveries just recently became available in Kitchener and Waterloo. Anyone can order a box for delivery on Friday afternoon, complete with recipes and meal-planning ideas from Eat Green Organics.  (Anyone who wants a fully custom-built order can make their own through Eat Green, too).  

In the Enterprise Co-op program, I quickly learned about all things entrepreneurial while at the same time taking my regular engineering courses. It was a heavy workload but it paid off in the end. This is now the third season of deliveries! Last year, I was the recipient of the National Nicol Entrepreneurial Award, and the Ontario Centres of Excellence Social Enterprise Award, which helped me to create an organic grocery food truck in addition to my regular deliveries.

Another thing that I am really excited about is that Eat Green Organics is an official sponsor for the University of Waterloo Steel Bridge Team. I had a lot of support from the university while I was trying to create something new, so Phil (the owner of Eat Green) and I decided to support my classmates as they form this brand new team to go represent the school in steel bridge design!

Learn more about Emily’s success with EcoPlace Organics on the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre website. 

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